Top officials from Zhejiang College of Construction in Hangzhou, China returned to Brookdale on Oct. 29 to meet with students and employees, explore Brookdale’s new Academic Institutes and discuss an expanding partnership between the two schools.
The all-day tour began with a conference in the Student Life Center, which included Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy, Vice President for Learning Dr. Matthew Reed, Dean of Student Success David Stout and faculty and deans from a wide range of academic institutes and college offices.
The Zhejiang delegation included Hui He, Zhejiang College president; Junlong Liu, Dean of the Construction Engineering School; Delin Wu, Associate Dean of the Economics and Management School; Bing Liu, Associate Dean of the Civil Engineering School; Changhui Cai, Dean of the Continuing Education School; and Jiazhang Zhang, Vice Director of Student Affairs.
Juliana Ka of Greatone Education Group – Zhejiang’s representative in U.S. – attended as well.
After a welcome by Brookdale International Education Center director Janice Thomas, Reed presented an overview of the courses, programs and unique mission statement that set Brookdale apart from other colleges. At a time when most community colleges focus on either workforce training or on academic transfer programs, Reed said Brookdale wears both hats simultaneously.
“Whether a student wants to study the humanities or earn a technical certificate for a specific job field, we are here to provide the highest quality education possible,” he said.
President He then gave a multimedia presentation on Zhejiang, outlining the college’s 25 distinct degree programs in construction and real estate and describing the impressive achievements of its student body. Thanks to an increasing number of partnerships with Chinese employers, He said 98 percent of all Zhejiang graduates are employed in their field of study.
As part of an effort to expand the college’s partnerships to American colleges, Zhejiang’s delegates discussed a number of potential new academic programs with Brookdale officials. The suggestions – which include dual-degrees, faculty exchanges and student internship opportunities in China – will be discussed further as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both colleges in 2014.
The tour concluded with lunchtime discussion in the Student Life Center, featuring three Brookdale students from China. Jing Jing Cai, Ding Chen Zhang and Nianqi “Felix” Tian each spoke about their career goals, their experiences as a Brookdale student and the benefits and challenges of studying abroad.
“I think it has been a very good visit, and I look forward to a very rich friendship for many years to come,” said Murphy.
“We continue to be impressed with Brookdale, as we expected. Your management, administration and teaching fills us with confident,” said He. “I believe this is only the beginning of a great friendship, and I look forward to an even better future.”
Also participating in the conference were: Anoop Ahluwalia, STEM Institute dean; Patty Blaser, Design Department chair; Carl Calendar, Humanities Institute dean; Mike Qaissaunee, Engineering and Technology department chair; Patricia Gallo, Business and Social Science Institute dean; Synde Kaufman
Check out more photos of the conference here.